Session Law

Identifying Information:L. 2002 ch. 206
Other Identifying Information:2002 Senate Substitute for House Bill 2034
Tax Type:Other
Brief Description:(Amends Chapter 107)An Act concerning natural gas; reviving and amending K.S.A. 55-102 and repealing the revived section; also repealing K.S.A. 55-102, as amended by section 1 of 2002 House Bill No. 3031.
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CHAPTER 206

SENATE Substitute for HOUSE BILL No. 2034

(Amends Chapter 107)


An Act concerning natural gas; reviving and amending K.S.A. 55-102 and repealing the

revived section; also repealing K.S.A. 55-102, as amended by section 1 of 2002 House


Bill No. 3031.


Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:

Section 1. K.S.A. 55-102 is hereby revived and amended to read as

follows: 55-102. (a) Except as provided in subsection (b), it shall be un-

lawful for any person, firm or corporation having possession or control of

any natural-gas or natural gas well, oil well or coalbed natural gas well,

whether as a contractor, owner, lessee, agent or manager, to use or permit

the use of gas by direct well pressure for pumping of oil or for blowing

oil out of wells, or for operating any machinery by direct well pressure of

gas, or to allow or permit the flow of gas or oil from any such well to

escape into the open air without being confined within such well or

proper pipes or other safe receptacle for a longer period than two days

after gas or oil shall have been struck in such well, except that a reasonable

time, not exceeding five days, shall be allowed such contractor, owner,

lessee, agent or manager, in addition to such two days, in which to place

in the well the casing, tubing, packers and other appliances necessary to

properly operate the same and obtain the products therefrom or, in case

such contractor, owner, lessee, agent or manager shall not desire to op-

erate such well, to securely enclose the same, so as to prevent the escape

of oil or gas therefrom, and thereafter all such gas or oil shall be safely

and securely confined in such well, pipes, or other proper receptacle. The

provisions of this section shall not be construed to apply to the escape of

gas or oil during continuous drilling. Any person violating any of the pro-

visions of this section shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall

be fined in the sum not less than $50 nor more than $200, or by impris-

onment in the county jail for not less than 30 days nor more than six

months, and each day that the violation continues shall constitute a sep-

arate offense.

(b) Natural gas produced from natural gas wells or in connection with

the production of oil, or coalbed natural gas produced from coal seams

or associated shale, may be flared, vented or used in any manner if such

use or, flaring or venting is authorized by an order, rule or regulation

order or rules and regulations of the state corporation commission.

Sec. 2. K.S.A. 55-102, as revived by section 1, and K.S.A. 55-102, as

amended by section 1 of 2002 House Bill No. 3031, are hereby repealed.

Sec. 3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its

publication in the Kansas register.

Approved June 6, 2002.

Published in the Kansas Register June 13, 2002.


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Date Composed: 10/10/2002 Date Modified: 10/10/2002